Dye Sublimation Printing

Anagi Embroidery and Screen Printing offer in-house Dye-Sublimation Printing, this method is used for Mug, Coasters, Placemats & Mousemat Printing. Some Apparel products can also be printed with this method, see our Dye Sublimation category.

The Dye Sublimation process is not limited to colours, full colour designs can be printed at no extra cost.


What is Dye Sublimation Printing?

‘Sublimation’ is defined as turning a solid into a gas and back into a solid without any liquid stage. This allows the application of sublimation inks into a materials surface using a Heat Press to provide the required combination of heat, time and pressure. This combination causes the inks to be converted from a solid to a gaseous state enabling them to penetrate the surface so that a permanent, full colour image is formed. The colour penetrates the material giving a result which is long lasting, colourful and resistant to scratching. Dye Sublimation should not be confused with other dry laser processes that transfer the images to the surface of materials making them easy to scratch off. True Dye Sublimation uses wet ink technology.


What are Die Sublimation Inks?

Dye Sublimation Inks are in essence a formulation of special coloured dyes suspended in liquids that can be passed through a digital ink jet printer.


What Materials can be Die Sublimation Printed?

Suitable materials are man made polymers such as Polyester and PVC. These can be ‘hard’ such as a polyester coated sheet of aluminium or ceramic tiles or ‘soft’ such as polycotton textiles. During the heat press stage the pores of these polymers open to allow sublimation ink (now in a gaseous state) to enter. As the temperature drops the pores close leaving the now solid ink image as part of the polymer.